HDTV Ratings: May 31-June 1

Sons of Anarchy's Kim Coates and Katey Segal with guest star Stephen King

Last night’s HD season premiere of Inside NZ substantially boosted TV3’s ratings for the troubled slot and helped to bolster viewership of HD lead-out Sons of Anarchy, which guest starred Stephen King.

It won the hour with household shoppers with kids, drawing 12.8% versus Comedy Jam’s 9% on TV2 and Packed to the Rafters’ 10.3% on TV One.

Although part one of 24 Hours: Police trailed both in the 18-49 and 25-54 groups, it was still competitive.

However, the true test will come next week, when TV2’s HD sitcom combo of The Big Bang Theory and Cougar Town resumes.

In the meantime, Inside NZ’s appeal juiced up Anarchy’s ratings, to 9.7% of 25-54 year-olds, 8.9% of 18-49 year-olds and 10.4% of HHS/kids, beating both TV One’s season-premiere of The Investigator and the second half of Comedy Jam.

Earlier in the night, however, Survivor: Redemption Island was still limping along with ratings of 3.8%-4.9% in the key demos, which means up to six times as many viewers watched TV2’s re-run of Two and a Half Men and $#*! My Dad Says.

The news wasn’t much better for TV One’s Family Feuds, which couldn’t rate above 6.6%.

It was business as usual on Tuesday, with TV2’s Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice dominating the night, although TV3’s HD opposition, NCIS: Los Angeles did improve on its previous week’s ratings.

It was up more than a point in the 18-49 and 25-54 demos and drew 10.4% of HHS/kids versus 5.7% last week.

HD lead-ins What’s Really in Our Food?, with its expose of what’s really in our beer, and Australian Federal Police also made gains.

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